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1st Team - Match centre

Biggleswade Town
Stratford Town
J Bowen (42'), G Bailey (72'), T Griffiths (75')
Full time
B Stephens (53' Pen)
Sat 14 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 125

Another Defeat for Town

Defeat at Biggleswade 3-1 makes it 5 in a row

Town suffered another disappointing defeat at Biggleswade Town. A goal down at half time Ben Stephens equalised early in the 2nd half from the penalty spot. But they fell away badly in the last 20 minutes and conceded 2 goals in a 3 minute spell.

Town had an attacking look to it with Taylor, Luckie, Ahenkorah and Stephens all starting. Biggleswade continued with midfield player Craig Daniel in goal as they had no fit Keeper available.

The game started in bright sunshine with both sides pushing forward but it was Connor who was called into action first when a low cross from the right deflected off a Town defender and made a good reaction save at the near post.

Biggleswade Away
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But Town started to make inroads into the Waders box. Stephens had a header easily collected by Daniel followed by a thumping volley which looked goal bound but hit a defender and was scrambled clear.

Bigleswade enjoyed a good spell of pressure forcing a succession of corners before Connor made an excellent point blank save from Bowen's bullet header. Then it was the turn of Daniels in the Waders goal to deny Stephens with a brilliant save.

But Town fell behind in the 42nd minute when Baileys cross from the left was met at the near post by Jack Bowen was forced home at the second attempt.

Town applied some early pressure as the 2nd half started and got back into the game when Jaz Luckie burst into the box and was brought down by Burnett. Ben Stephens stepped up and made no mistake with the spot kick.

After the equaliser there were periods of scrappy play from both sides but gradually Biggleswade started to get on top. Town replaced Taylor and Ahenkorah with Evans and Fry. With Town looking tired they seemed to lack any threat up front and on 72 minutes Bowen slid a perfect pass through to Bailey who turned in the box and confidently fired it into the far corner.

Three minutes later it became 3-1 when Connor made an excellent save from a Bowen shot only for Griffiths to react the quickest and fire home with his first touch after coming off the bench 2 minutes earlier.

By now the home side created several chances and Connor made a couple more excellent saves and Bowen was denied when his shot cannoned off the post.

Town will need to re-group in preparation for another away game on Tuesday night at St Ives. Both Andy Gallinagh and James Fry picked up injuries late on and may be doubtful for the trip.

Man of the match Louis Connor with a number of fine saves.

Pictures by Paul Grant

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Key moments

42:00
Goal Jack Bowen scores for Biggleswade Town
53:00
Scored Penalty Ben Stephens scores a penalty for Stratford Town
72:00
Goal George Bailey scores for Biggleswade Town
75:00
Goal Taishan Griffiths scores for Biggleswade Town

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Biggleswade Away
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Biggleswade Away

Highlights

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90:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Summerfield is yellow carded for Stratford Town
87:00 Sub Off
George Bailey is substituted off for Biggleswade Town
87:00 Sub On
Luca Allinson-Stalham is substituted on for Biggleswade Town
82:00 Sub Off
Tony Burnett is substituted off for Biggleswade Town
82:00 Sub On
Mark Coulson is substituted on for Biggleswade Town
81:00 Sub On
Justin Marsden is substituted on for Stratford Town
81:00 Sub Off
Andy Gallinagh is substituted off for Stratford Town
75:00 Goal 3 - 1
Taishan Griffiths scores for Biggleswade Town
73:00 Sub On
Taishan Griffiths is substituted on for Biggleswade Town
73:00 Sub Off
Liam Brooks is substituted off for Biggleswade Town
72:00 Goal 2 - 1
George Bailey scores for Biggleswade Town
69:00 Yellow Card
Jaz Luckie is yellow carded for Stratford Town
66:00 Sub On
James Fry is substituted on for Stratford Town
66:00 Sub Off
Edwin Ahenkorah is substituted off for Stratford Town
58:00 Sub On
Charlie Evans is substituted on for Stratford Town
58:00 Sub Off
Michael Taylor is substituted off for Stratford Town
53:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 1
Ben Stephens scores a penalty for Stratford Town
53:00 Assist
Jaz Luckie makes an assist for Stratford Town
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jack Bowen scores for Biggleswade Town
39:00 Yellow Card
Lee Thomas is yellow carded for Stratford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Biggleswade Town
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Lee Thomas Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Jack Bowen Goal 42:00'
  • Ben Stephens Scored Penalty 53:00'
  • Jaz Luckie Assist 53:00'
  • Michael Taylor Sub Off 58:00'
  • Charlie Evans Sub On 58:00'
  • Edwin Ahenkorah Sub Off 66:00'
  • James Fry Sub On 66:00'
  • Jaz Luckie Yellow Card 69:00'
  • George Bailey Goal 72:00'
  • Liam Brooks Sub Off 73:00'
  • Taishan Griffiths Sub On 73:00'
  • Taishan Griffiths Goal 75:00'
  • Andy Gallinagh Sub Off 81:00'
  • Justin Marsden Sub On 81:00'
  • Mark Coulson Sub On 82:00'
  • Tony Burnett Sub Off 82:00'
  • Luca Allinson-Stalham Sub On 87:00'
  • George Bailey Sub Off 87:00'
  • Daniel Summerfield Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Connor, Louis Connor, Louis
Summerfield, Daniel Summerfield, Daniel
Gallinagh, Andy Gallinagh, Andy
Luckie, Jaz Luckie, Jaz
Francis, Liam Francis, Liam
Thomas, Lee Thomas, Lee
Ahenkorah, Edwin Ahenkorah, Edwin
Hancocks, Jamie Hancocks, Jamie
Taylor, Michael Taylor, Michael
Stephens, Ben Stephens, Ben
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Biggleswade Town
  • 1. Craig Daniel
  • 2. Jordan Patrick
  • 3. Lucas Perry
  • 4. Reece Fielding
  • 5. Nathan Hicks
  • 6. Connor Hall
  • 7. Tony Burnett
  • 8. Robbie Parker
  • 9. Jack Bowen
  • 10. Liam Brooks
  • 11. George Bailey
  • 12. Luca Allinson-Stalham
  • 13. .
  • 14. Sam Paton
  • 15. Mark Coulson
  • 16. Taishan Griffiths
  • 17. Greg Kaziboni

League round up

Other Premier results

Basingstoke Town
2
0
Bishop's Stortford
0
1
Hereford
Chesham United
3
0
Frome Town
1
1
Farnborough
Kettering Town
4
1
Merthyr Town
4
1
Kings Langley
Slough Town
2
2
King's Lynn Town
St Ives Town
1
2
Dorchester Town
St Neots Town
2
1
Tiverton Town
1
2
Royston Town
Weymouth
1
1

League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Frome Town 44 58
14. Redditch United 45 54
15. Stratford Town 45 54
16. Biggleswade Town 44 52
17. Merthyr Town 44 52
18. Farnborough 45 51
19. Dorchester Town 44 49

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